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Burlington, NC to Host the 54th Annual PPA National Championship

18 December 2012 - The Professional Putters Association today announced the 2013 PPA National Schedule. The first event will be the PPA Western Open which will be contested in Memphis, TN on the weekend of April 20th-21st. The PPA Northern Open will be played in Warren, Ohio on the weekend of July 6th-7th. Burlington, NC has been selected to host the 2013 PPA National Championship which will be contested the week of September 9th-14th. Full details regarding the 2013 National Tour program will be posted by the end of January.


 

Greg Ward 2012 PPA National Champion

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Greg Ward

It was a magical week for Greg Ward.  The 2002 PPA Hall of Fame member and two-time putter of the decade won every individual event during the National Championship week in Columbus, Indiana.  “It was a week I'll never forget” said Ward during the presentation of the National Championship trophy.  Ward, from Loganville Georgia, began his record-breaking week with a dominating five shot victory over James Webber of Cincinnati, OH and Bill Baus of Cleveland Heights, OH., in the ProPutters.com Classic played on Wednesday September 12th.  After the first round, Ward was five shots back of first round leader Brad Lebo of Shippensburg, PA.  However, the next three rounds of 22, 21 and 23 earned Ward the victory and set the stage for events to come. 

The Tournament Players Championship and Seniors National Championship were the next two tournaments scheduled and were being played simultaneously over the 36 hole Columbus, Indiana Putt-Putt location.  Ward held off a challenge from Jeff Garrison of Indianapolis, IN to win his 2nd and 3rd events of the week with a one shot victory.  Garrison’s father won the PPA National Championship in 1962. 

The 53rd annual PPA National Championship tournament started on a cold, overcast and rainy day. At the end of the first day of competition, Wards four round score of 97 was two shots better than 2010 National Champion Greg Newport and three shots better than Jeffrey Smith of Dallas TX. 2003 National Champion Robert Johnson of Lake Wylie, SC and 1997 National Champion and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Reeves of Montgomery, AL.  The final four rounds of the National Championship were played in ideal weather conditions. At the end of eight rounds of play, Ward and Jeff Smith were tied at 199, 89 under par forcing an 18 hole playoff.  Still tied after the first 18 holes of the playoff at 11 under par 25, two additional holes were necessary before Ward captured his fourth title of the week and second PPA National Championship title. 
The National Championship week began with the playing of the Doubles National Championship.  The team of Rick Baird of Charlotte, NC and Andy Coradini of Soddy Daisy, TN defeated Rick Culverhouse of Chapin, SC and Frank Warren of Augusta, GA in a 18 hole playoff, to capture their first doubles title.

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Danny Tatum
2012 APA National Champion

In the APA division, Danny Tatum of DeRidder, LA was dominate in a 7 shot National Championship victory over of Jon Kropinak of Columbus, OH and Geoffrey Mosk of Pearland, TX.  Tatum’s eight round score was 100, 88 under par.

In the ProPutters.com classic, Kyle Poole of Indianapolis, IN shot a 24 to win by one in a playoff against Jon Kropinak.

The TPC was won by Jeff Studer of Mansfield, OH while the Seniors APA Championship was won by Chris Chafin of Nashville, NC. 

The APA team of Johnny Brown of Wilson, NC and Chris Chafin defended their title with a one shot victory over Rodney Ashley of Hillsborough, NC and Geoffrey Mosk.

Many thanks to Carl and Karen Miller for hosting The Professional Putters Association most prestigious event.  Your facility was a true test of the players ability as our search to find the world’s greatest putter continues.

Joe Aboid
The Professional Putters Association


 

Matt McCaslin Fires Bookend 21's To Capture PPA Eastern Open Title

7-8 July 2012 - Columbus, IN - On a sun-drenched and oppressively hot mid-summer weekend, long-time course owners Carl and Karen Miller for the second-consecutive season very warmly welcomed the PPA National Tour to their beautifully-maintained Putt-Putt Fun Center in the bucolic setting of Columbus, IN for the contesting of the tour's third event of the season, the two-day PPA Northern Open, conducted jointly by the PPA Indiana and Great Lakes Tours. In the months preceding the event, globetrotting local stars Nate Nichols, a highly-respected Columbus area educator, and 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey spent countless hours preparing the course # 1 layout for the abbreviated 108-hole competition, working tirelessly to adjust and perfect the course's hole designs, rails, carpets, and tee mats. As a result of their diligent efforts and despite the fluffing of the course's relatively new carpet fibers due to the record-setting temperatures, a highly-competitive weekend with low field scoring ensued. In a tournament that featured numerous lead changes, two past PPA Northern Open champions, 2007 winner Rick Culverhouse and 2009 and 2010 champion Jay Klapper, emerged atop the final leaderboard with a six-round total of 142. Culverhouse defeated Klapper in a hard-fought 18-hole playoff to capture the second PPA Northern Open title of his illustrious career. "The amount of support that I received during the tournament was overwhelming," commented the 57-year-old Honda Express advisor from Chapin, SC. "I truly appreciated all of the positive thoughts. This by far will go down as my best and most satisfying victory."

Click here for scores of the 2012 PPA Eastern Open


Rick Culverhouse Defeats Jay Klapper In Playoff To Capture His Second-Career PPA Northern Open Title

7-8 July 2012 - Columbus, IN - On a sun-drenched and oppressively hot mid-summer weekend, long-time course owners Carl and Karen Miller for the second-consecutive season very warmly welcomed the PPA National Tour to their beautifully-maintained Putt-Putt Fun Center in the bucolic setting of Columbus, IN for the contesting of the tour's third event of the season, the two-day PPA Northern Open, conducted jointly by the PPA Indiana and Great Lakes Tours. In the months preceding the event, globetrotting local stars Nate Nichols, a highly-respected Columbus area educator, and 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey spent countless hours preparing the course # 1 layout for the abbreviated 108-hole competition, working tirelessly to adjust and perfect the course's hole designs, rails, carpets, and tee mats. As a result of their diligent efforts and despite the fluffing of the course's relatively new carpet fibers due to the record-setting temperatures, a highly-competitive weekend with low field scoring ensued. In a tournament that featured numerous lead changes, two past PPA Northern Open champions, 2007 winner Rick Culverhouse and 2009 and 2010 champion Jay Klapper, emerged atop the final leaderboard with a six-round total of 142. Culverhouse defeated Klapper in a hard-fought 18-hole playoff to capture the second PPA Northern Open title of his illustrious career. "The amount of support that I received during the tournament was overwhelming," commented the 57-year-old Honda Express advisor from Chapin, SC. "I truly appreciated all of the positive thoughts. This by far will go down as my best and most satisfying victory."

Click here for scores of the 2012 PPA Northern Open


Danny McCaslin Earns Sweet Victory In 2012 PPA Southern Open With Final-Round 21

2-3 June 2012 - High Point, NC - Course manager Chris Graney welcomed the PPA National Tour to the High Point, NC Putt-Putt Fun Center to contest its second event of the 2012 season, the two-day PPA Southern Open, hosted by the PPA Southern Putting Tour. Graney and his staff worked diligently in the period leading up to the event to prepare course # 2 and the facility grounds for the tour's arrival. Beating sunshine on the opening day of the event followed by tricky swirling winds on the final day of play contributed to a surprisingly wide array of field scoring in the abbreviated 108-hole format. But as anticipated on the fickle course # 2 layout, competition was heated near the top of the leaderboard. In a dramatic conclusion to the tournament, 1996 PPA Commissioner's Cup Champion Danny McCaslin, a charismatic 46-year-old waiter from Holly Springs, NC, overtook first-day and fifth-round leader Kevin Lacey with a spectacular final-round 21 to capture the second PPA National Tour major title of his storied career. McCaslin's victory was well-deserved, representing the culmination of months of arduous preparation during which time he had won multiple local events on the tournament course.

Click here for scores of the 2012 PPA Southern Open


Greg Ward Defies High Winds to Capture His Fourth-Career PPA Western Open Title

14-15 April 2012 - Lake Charles, LA - The PPA National Tour ventured to course # 1 at the beautiful Lake Charles, LA Putt-Putt Fun Center to contest the initial event on the 2012 PPA National Tour schedule, the PPA Western Open, hosted by the PPA Southwest Putting Tour. Course owner and current APA member Greg Simpson and his staff worked diligently preparing the course in the weeks leading up to the event to create ideal playing conditions ripe for low scoring. With an abbreviated 108-hole format having been instituted for the PPA Western, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Opens in 2012, pundits of the sport anticipated a tightly-bunched and highly-volatile leaderboard in this event. However, violent, swirling, and unpredictable high winds throughout the weekend challenged the field, resulting in a wide range of field scoring.

PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward of Loganville, GA, the PPA's all-time leader in career wins and money earnings, began the final eight holes of the tournament in a three-way tie for the lead with final-day playing partners 2009 PPA National Champion Tony Varnadore and 2006 PPA National Champion Brad Lebo. Undaunted, Ward adeptly aced six of his final eight holes through whipping winds to edge out Varnadore by one stroke and capture his fourth-career PPA Western Open title. Ward posted rounds of 25, 22, 21, 26, 25, and 26 for a 71-under-par, 108-hole total of 145 to earn the $800.00 winner's check. Always as gracious in victory as he is talented, Ward commented following his win, "I can't remember a tournament in which all three players in the final group were tied for first place with eight holes left. The wind definitely added to the craziness. I was very happy that things went my way at the end of the tournament. It could have just as easily been Varnadore or Lebo who came out on top. I got a few breaks along the way that helped me escape with the win." Varnadore settled for runner-up honors at 146. 2008 GA State Champion Jeff Carr performed very steadily throughout the event to finish third at 149. A two-way, fourth-place tie at 150 included Lebo and former PPA television contestant Joe Lea.

Click here for scores of the 2012 PPA Western Open

 


Cerebral Palsy Doesn't Deter Adam Sahmel

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Adam Sahmel

3 March 2012 - There is a great article in CultureMap Houston about the success of Amateur Putters Association member Adam Sahmel.


Randy Reeves is PPA Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee

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Randy Reeves

25 February 2012 - It is with great honor the Professional Putters Association announces the induction of 1997 PPA National Champion Randy Reeves as the 45th member of the PPA Hall of Fame.

The six time winner of National PPA tournaments, two time television contestant and 1995 Player of the Year will be inducted at the 53rd annual PPA National Championship in Columbus Indiana in September.

Reeves, who resides in Montgomery Alabama, is a 36 year member of the Professional Putters Association with prize money winnings of more than $100,000.

Complete details of the Hall of Fame ceremonies to follow. Congratulations Randy and continued success.


2012 PPA National Tour Schedule Released

22 January 2012 - The Professional Putters Association proudly announces its 2012 PPA National Tour schedule.  The tournament itinerary includes four regional PPA National Opens as well as the events of the PPA National Championship week. 

The 2012 PPA National Tour schedule will commence in Lake Charles, LA on April 14-15 with the contesting of the PPA Western Open, hosted by the PPA Southwest Putting Tour.  On June 2-3, the Southern Putting Tour will host the PPA Southern Open at the High Point Putt-Putt Golf and Games.  The PPA National Tour will then travel to Columbus, IN on July 7-8 for the PPA Northern Open, which will be co-hosted by the Great Lakes Tour and the Indiana Putting Tour.  The Virginia PPA Tour will host the PPA Eastern Open on August 11-12 at the Putt-Putt Golf and Games facility in Richmond, VA.  The PPA National Tour will then return to Columbus as previously announced for the PPA National Championship on September 11-15.

Corporate sponsorship of the events as well as sponsorships of individual professional putters still are available. For more information on sponsoring an event or a player, please contact PPA Commissioner Joe Aboid by e-mail at joe@proputters.com.

Full details of the National Tour program will be posted soon.


Andy Coradini Puts Exclamation Point on Hall of Fame Career By Winning His Second-Career PPA National Championship

16 September 2011 - Memphis, TN - 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini of Soddy-Daisy, TN arrived in Memphis, TN for the 2011 PPA National Championship week looking forward to his induction into the PPA Hall of Fame at the annual PPA awards banquet to be held during the week. When the dust settled from a busy week of tournament action, however, Coradini, a 48-year-old business owner and manager, took home more than just his PPA Hall of Fame commemorative plaque. After building a five-stroke lead with one round remaining in the two-day, 144-hole PPA National Championship on courses # 2 and # 3 at Aubrey Smith's grand Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center, Coradini strategically held on to notch a one-stroke triumph and hoist the winner's crystalline hardware for the second time in his career.

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Andy Coradini

The historic win highlighted a brilliant 2011 PPA National Tour campaign for Coradini, who also finished the season atop the 2011 PPA National Tour points list and tied the 144-hole PPA scoring record in Columbus, IN en route to victory in 2011 PPA Northern Open. With rounds of 25, 27, 25, 24, 24, 22, 23, and 29 for a 144-hole total of 199, Coradini captured the $5,000.00 winner's check and joined Alan Quinnelly, Lewis Burton, Cliff Matthews, Robert Smith, and Vance Randall as part of the small and elite group of players to have won more than one PPA National Championship title during their careers. "Winning the PPA National Championship is what we all strive to accomplish. Winning it twice now is very special to me," reflected Coradini. "I didn't realize how hard it was to win when I won in 1993. I have been close several times but never broke through again until now. This year was incredible and I owe it all to my wife Beth for changing my attitude on how I approach the game." PPA Hall of Fame member Jay Klapper orchestrated a spirited final-round clubhouse charge with a closing-round 22 to maneuver into a share of runner-up honors at 200 with 2008 PPA National Champion Kevin Lacey. A two-way, fourth-place tie at 201 included two-time PPA National Champion Cliff Matthews and PPA Hall of Fame member Greg Ward.

Click here for the scores from the 2011 PPA National Championship


Steve Tanton Wins 2011 APA National Championship In Memphis, TN

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Steve Tanton

16 September 2011 - Veteran tour player Steve Tanton of Waco, TX capped off a stellar 2011 National Tour amateur division campaign by dominating the field en route to an emphatic twelve-stroke victory in the two-day, 144-hole 2011 APA National Championship contested on courses # 2 and # 3 at the beautiful and sprawling Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. The 50-year-old Texas State Technical College administrator fired rounds of 26, 25, 26, 26, 24, 26, 26, and 25 for a 144-hole total of 204 to earn the first APA National Championship title of his career. Tanton also captured National Tour APA titles in the Western Open and Senior National Championship earlier in 2011. "I believe that the success I had during the National Championship week began when I won the Western Open earlier in the year," observed Tanton. "It was my first major National Tour title after a great many close calls and allowed me to return to Memphis relaxed and confident. Patience and consistency were the keys to both of my wins. I have dreamed of winning the APA National Championship since playing in my first weekly tournament at the Division course in Arlington, TX. It took me over forty years to achieve the dream."

Click here for the scores from the 2011 APA National Championship


Ken Hastings Claws His Way to Victory in PPA Senior National Championship

14 September 2011 - Memphis, TN - The 72-hole PPA Senior National Championship, a tournament limited to players 50 years of age and older, was held under overcast skies on courses # 2 and # 3 at the Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. As it has in recent seasons, the event ran concurrently with the four rounds of the PPA Tournament Players Championship, with contestants competing in both tournaments counting the same four rounds of play towards their score in each of the two tournaments. A significant influx of recently AARP-eligible rookies inundated this year's field, but it was a grizzled veteran of senior division play who ultimately emerged victorious.


Ken Hastings

Following steady opening rounds of 25 and 26, 2001 PPA National Match Play finalist Ken Hastings, a certified public accountant from Pittsburgh, PA, manufactured a brilliant third-round 22, tying 2003 PPA National Champion Robert Johnson for low round of the tournament, to leap into a tie for the 54-hole lead with Johnson at 73. A solid final-round 24 sufficed to earn Hastings a two-stroke triumph, the $200.00 winner's check, and the first PPA National Tour title of his career with an impressive 72-hole total of 97. Two-time PPA National Match Play Champion Charlie Greenwalt used a closing-round 24 to maneuver into second place at 99. At 100, Johnson finished third. A three-way, fourth-place tie at 101 included 2007 PPA Northern Open Champion Rick Culverhouse, PPA Hall of Fame statesman Bill Kirby, and 2003 PPA National Invitational Champion Rod Miller. The last of the twenty cash spots distributed in the tournament fell at a 72-hole score of 107.

Click here for the scores from the 2011 PPA Senior's National Championship


Cliff Matthews Defeats Ken Hastings in Playoff to Win 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship

14 September 2011 - Memphis, TN - On an overcast morning, the PPA National Tour contested history's sixth edition of the 72-hole PPA Tournament Players Championship on courses # 2 and # 3 at the picturesque Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. The field was closed to 66 professional and 36 amateur contestants who had qualified for the event through performance in tournaments held on the 2011 PPA National Tour schedule. When the dust settled in a tightly-fought battle, another of the sport's all-time great champions was added to the litany of winners of the event.


Cliff Matthews

Two-time PPA National Champion Cliff Matthews of Euless, TX opened the tournament with rounds of 23, 27, and 26 and after 54 holes stood mired in a three-way tie for tenth place at 76, three strokes behind third-round co-leaders Ken Hastings and Robert Johnson. In the closing round, however, Matthews successfully drew to a figurative inside straight, as the riverboat gambler conjured up a magical tournament-low round of 21, which was matched by 1993 PPA National Champion Andy Coradini and Chance Marett, to break out of the pack and pole-vault into a tie with Hastings' clubhouse lead of 97. In the ensuing 18-hole playoff, Matthews rode the wave of his final-round momentum to earn a relatively lopsided playoff victory by a tally of 24-29 and capture the $500.00 winner's check. Hastings settled for runner-up honors. Coradini and 2010 Louisiana Open Champion Joe Lea matched fourth-round 24's to complete the event deadlocked in third place at 98. At 99, two-time PPA National Match Play Champion Charlie Greenwalt rounded out the event's top five finishers. The final of the 33 money spots awarded in the tournament fell at a 72-hole score of 108.

Click here for the scores from the 2011 PPA Tournament Players Championship


Rick Baird Captures 2011 PPA ProPutters.Com Classic In Dominant Fashion


Rick Baird

13 September 2011 - Memphis, TN - The PPA National Tour held the second tournament of the 2011 PPA National Championship week, the tenth annual 72-hole PPA ProPutters.Com Classic, on courses # 2 and # 3 at Aubrey Smith's sprawling Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. With opening rounds of 24, 25, and 24, 2007 PPA National Champion Rick Baird, 54, an IT manager from Charlotte, NC, entered the closing round tied with playing partner Jeffrey Smith for the 54-hole lead at 73. Baird posted an outward nine score of 12 in the fourth round to move two strokes ahead of Smith and followed with an inward nine 12 to cruise to a four-stroke victory and earn the $400.00 winner's check with a 72-hole total of 97. The victory was the culmination of a stellar 2011 season for Baird, a season in which he also recorded a perfect "18" during a Virginia Tour event on course # 3 in Richmond, VA. "It was awesome to win another National Tournament," noted Baird following his triumph. "Jeff (Smith) and I battled throughout the whole tournament and it was very rewarding to go against such high quality of competition in my group and come out on top against such a strong field of players."

Click here for the scores from the 2011 PPA ProPutters.Com Classic


Nate Nichols and Jerry Pinotti Win Second-Career PPA National Doubles Championship

12 September 2011 - Memphis, TN - The 2011 PPA National Championship week kicked off with the contesting of the 72-hole PPA National Doubles Championship on courses # 2 and 3 at the beautiful Memphis, TN Putt-Putt Fun Center. In a departure from various formats employed in past seasons, four rounds of two-player better ball competition determined the event's 2011 champions. Predictably, scores were tightly bunched, making the emphatic three-stroke victory recorded by 2009 PPA National Doubles Champions Nate Nichols and Jerry Pinotti even that much more impressive.

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Jerry Pinotti

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Nate Nichols

2009 PPA Northern Open Champion Pinotti, a floral delivery person from Louisville, KY, presented partner Nichols, a 35-yr-old Columbus, IN educator, with a large bouquet of aces throughout the event's opening three rounds. The duo posted sizzling initial rounds of 21, 21, and 20 for a 54-hole total of 62 to establish a two-stroke lead over the squad of Thomas Rawles and 1985 TV Series Contestant Jeff Spainhour with one round remaining. Nichols and Pinotti continued their torrid pace early in the final round, holding on to shoot a closing-round 23 and capture the second PPA National Doubles Championship title of their careers and the $350.00 first prize with a 72-hole total of 85. The pair notched their first title in the event in Orlando, FL in 2009. "With the field being so deep we decided from the start that we were going to be aggressive," reflected Pinotti. "We were fortunate to have several good rounds early and hang on for the win." Added Nichols, "When you win a National Tour event of any kind you feel good about your performance. In the end though we both felt very fortunate to have won. These tournaments are loaded with great teams and it takes several well-timed hot streaks and a lot of good fortune to even have a chance to win, let alone win for a second time in three years."

Click here for the scores from the 2011 PPA National Doubles Championship